IT’S been a tough two weeks and our fitness finalists are feeling the crunch as they push through the pain barrier to be Sunderland’s first Ultimate Loser.
We’ve teamed up with the Fitness Bank, in Ashbrooke, to offer our slimmers the chance to transform their bodies and lifestyle over 12 weeks.
The remaining 12 contestants have been split into four teams of three, and every four weeks we will say goodbye to the one who loses the least.
Today it is the turn of the blues, who have been put through their paces by Fitness Bank owner and personal trainer Mark Banks.
The trio have already noticed changes in their weight and energy levels.
Vicky Ayre, from Thorney Close, is a dress size 22.
“It’s been harder than I thought it would be,” she said. “I was expecting the usual gym equipment and routine, but Mark takes it to a whole new level, he really pushes you.
“That’s what I need to get the results.
“I feel brilliant after I’ve been here – even though I dread coming every time.”
The 26-year-old receptionist wanted to improve her diet, and is now on an eating plan designed to cut out the bad calories and give her the nutrition she needs.
She said: “I’m missing silly things like fizzy pop and I’m gagging for a cup of coffee.”
Fellow team member Jay Byers, from Millfield, weighed in as our heaviest contestant at 23st 4lb.
He believes he is going to win and is enjoying pushing himself to the limit.
“I found it hard at the start, especially not drinking.
“It felt like there was nothing to do if I couldn’t go to the pub and have a drink with my mates.
“And there’s no rest. Once you’re here for your session, you’re working out non-stop for the full hour.”
The 21-year-old emptied his fridge of junk in a bid to stick to the diet.
“There is nothing in my fridge now except fruit, veg and chicken.
“I would kill for a drink of dilute orange as we are only allowed water at the moment and it’s so boring.
“You can have coconut milk if it’s fresh from the coconut, so I keep trying to hunt one down just to add a bit of taste to my liquid intake.
“I’m really glad I’m in the competition and I’m pretty sure one of my team will be the Ultimate Loser.”
The third member of the blues is Samantha Naisby, from Thorney Close.
She is hoping to lose her baby weight that has crept on after having four kids.
“I’ve found the exercise quite easy but I’ve struggled with the diet.
“The food is quite boring and monotonous. I’m a picky eater anyway so this has been hard work.
“But I already feel like I’ve got more energy and friends and family have noticed a change in me.
“I’m so glad I entered. It’s the push I needed.”
l See tomorrow’s Echo for yellow teams update